Pokey is building a fantastic creative arts and lifestyle retreat facility in the heart of Napa called ‘Crafting a Life, LLC, which she plans on opening next spring. This will be more than just a place to make quilts, mixed media and other textile arts, it will also be a place to learn about cooking and wine tasting, meditation and yoga… all the kind of activities one pursues when crafting a creative life.
Pokey hired Indigo to design the logo, business collateral, and photograph the property to help set the atmosphere for the website, she’ll be developing soon.
We drove to Napa, about an hour from our home in Sacramento, to discuss what needed to be photographed and collect props before shooting that afternoon. Unfortunately our shoot got postponed because of an unexpected, but much needed rainstorm, and not so needed hailstorm that began pelting marble sized hail.
The storm was dramatic, and when it finally stopped at sundown, we drove over roads several inches deep in hail, passing snow white roof tops in a bizarre steaming winter wonderland.
We drove back the next day and the weather was gorgeous, as so many days are in the Napa Valley. The property is located away from downtown in the hills, and is covered with an incredible number of fruit trees; from apples and citrus to persimmons and olives.
Pokey’s in the process of building the art barn up on the hillside overlooking the rest of the property (note small pink flags in field where it will be located). There will be lots of fresh air and natural light in the main studio with 3 large garage style roll up doors, opening out on a patio with welcoming rocking chairs to take in the gorgeous view.
Just below the art barn is a beautiful lap pool, that unfortunately suffered some damage from the recent earthquake, but is in the process of being repaired.
Check out the tennis court on the other side of the pool!
At the end of the pool, there’s a fantastic BBQ area complete with gas grill and pizza oven, that we set up with wine and cheese to set the mood, under a lovely wood trellis strung with twinkle lights.
When the photos on the property were finished, we drove up the road to a higher spot, past vineyards and a grazing herd of alpacas, where we took in the magnificent view of Napa Valley, San Francisco bay and beyond. You probably can’t see much detail in this photo taken with my iphone, but believe me it was spectacular.